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Art with Insight Events
Generously supported by Peter Allen

Richard Mosse, Herd at Dusk, 2011, Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Tuesday 15 May 2012, 7 – 9 pm

Photography in Public
Co-presented with the Toronto Photography Seminar in conjunction with Public: Collective Identity | Occupied Spaces

Moderator: Matthew Brower (University of Toronto)

Panelists: Sarah Parsons (York University); Sharon Sliwinski (University of Western Ontario); Andres Zervigón (Rutgers University)

Engaging with the borderlines between public and private; the social and political role of photographs; and the lines between art, activism and propaganda; this moderated panel discussion explores photography's complex relations to the theme of public.

Wednesday 20 June 2012, 5 – 7 pm

(Image)ning Queerness: a photographer, writers and readers
Co-presented with the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies in conjunction with Just As You Are: Portraits by Robert Giard

An evening of readings by five queer identified authors, Kamal Al-Solaylee, Wayson Choy, Sky Gilbert, Sarah Schulman and Zoe Whittall.

RSVP for all events: 416-978-1838 or

Visit the MOCCA and Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival websites for more CONTACT 2012 public programming and events.


Public: Collective Identity | Occupied Spaces

1 May to 30 June 2012
Curated by Matthew Brower, David Liss and Bonnie Rubenstein.

Organized by the University of Toronto Art Centre, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Framing issues and events central to current social and political discourse, the University of Toronto Art Centre and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art present one exhibition in two locations as the focal point of CONTACT 2012: Public.

In an age of social media, global urbanization, protest and revolution, photography plays a crucial role in mediating our understanding of contemporary life. This two-venue exhibition, Public: Collective Identity | Occupied Spaces, brings together images from around the world to explore the ways we articulate our identity in public, and the tensions that arise from the occupation of public space. From street photography to appropriated web imagery, photojournalism to conceptual projects, the works in this show challenge and redefine our perception of the public sphere.

UTAC: Tarek Abouamin, Ai Weiwei, Ariella Azoulay, Sabine Bitter | Helmut Weber, Benjamin Lowy, Sanaz Mazinani, Richard Mosse, Noh Suntag

MOCCA: Philippe Chancel, Cheryl Dunn, Barry Frydlender, Baudouin Mouanda, Jon Rafman, Bill Sullivan, Michael Wolf

Just As You Are: Portraits by Robert Giard

28 April to 30 June 2012
Curated by Diana Gore, Renée van der Avoird, and Julia Cyr
A Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, Museum Studies Thesis Project

Robert Giard, Allen Ginsberg with his own portrait of Burroughs, 1986, © Estate of Robert Giard, Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery.

Presented in conjunction with the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, and supported by Manulife Financial, the Jackman Humanities Institute, the University Of Toronto Faculty Of Information and Museum Studies Program, with additional support from the Valerie Jean Griffiths Student Exhibitions Fund in Memory of William, Elva and Elizabeth.

Between 1985 and his death in 2002, famed American photographer, Robert Giard (1940-2002) took nearly 600 black and white portraits of gay and lesbian literary figures, usually in their homes. In the wake of the AIDS crisis, Giard felt compelled to document and celebrate queer histories and literature. Giard's portraits commemorate pioneers of an emerging queer identity and reflect a spirit of activism that remains to this day.

A featured exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Just As You Are: Portraits by Robert Giard includes 40 vintage prints from the Estate of Robert Giard, and eight photographs of Canadian gay and lesbian writers recently donated to the University College Collection by Jonathan Silin, Giard's partner of 30 years.

Location for all events:

UTAC art lounge, 15 King's College Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 3H7

Exhibition Hours: Tues to Fri 12-5 Sat 12-4 FREE Admission

For more information contact: Maureen Smith or 416-946-7089